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TipSheet: Travis County, 5.29.18

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

The Travis County Commissioners Court meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday. In the interest of space, we’ve decided not to post the entire agenda here. The County Clerk’s office hosts a copy at its website.

1. Receive comments regarding and hear any objections to the proposed assessments for Improvement Area #1 of the WildHorse Ranch Public Improvement District. (Commissioner Travillion)

16. Consider and take appropriate action relating to the WildHorse Ranch Public Improvement District, including but not limited to an order: a. Accepting and approving a service and assessment plan and an Improvement Area #1 Assessment Roll for the WildHorse Ranch Public Improvement District b. Approving an Improvement Area #1 Funding Agreement c. Making a finding of special benefit to the property in Improvement Area #1 of the district d. Levying assessments against property within Improvement Area #1 of the district and establishing a lien on such property e. Providing for method of assessment and the payment of the assessment in accordance with Chapter 372, Texas Local Government Code, as amended f. Providing for penalties and interest on delinquent assessments g. Providing an effective date (Commissioner Travillion)

17. Consider and take appropriate action on a resolution relating to the WildHorse Ranch Public Improvement District, including but not limited to approving and authorizing: a. Financing Agreement b. An Improvement Area #1 Acquisition and Reimbursement Agreement c. A Landowner Agreement (Commissioner Travillion)

Monitor’s Take: For several months now, the Commissioners Court has been dispatching administrative actions to advance its very first public improvement district, but this public hearing and subsequent action items appear to be the most substantive steps yet towards the development that will grow the Manor area’s population by thousands. Though technically within the city limits of Austin, the massive PID will be a commuter colony that could one day provide a handful of riders to the proposed Green Line commuter rail.

20. Consider and take appropriate action regarding the County Executive of Operations Management. (Commissioners Travillion & Gómez)

Monitor’s Take: Don’t expect the court to take expeditious action towards hiring a new executive to oversee both the Human Resources Department and the Facilities Management Division. Instead, it appears county staff will recommend hiring a consultant to review the current administrative structure of certain county operations with an eye towards existing diversity considerations.

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Travis County Commissioners Court: The legislative body for Travis County. It includes representatives from the four Travis County Precincts, as well as the County Judge. The County Judge serves as the chair of the Court.

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